WA100 2022: Global business booms back

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Optimism is strong, at least for the US and Western Europe, where big firms are vying to woo staff – but China has become a tough market for outsiders, reports David Blackman

While the world’s emergence from the coronavirus pandemic continues to be uncertain, top architects clearly feel the worst is over. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of architects surveyed for the annual WA100 report believe that the global construction economy will grow in 2022, with just 2% anticipating decline. 

This compares with last year’s survey, when just 24% expected growth, and is the most bullish finding since 2017’s exercise.  

The geopolitical shocks of the last 18 months have also had an impact on the upper echelons of the WA100 table. After years of domination by the US-based megafirms, the top 20 list of global architecture practices has a more East Asian flavour than over the last decade.

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